External and Internal Funding Sources

External Funding Sources

The Grants Office curates a list of popular opportunities that are well-aligned with the kinds of projects undertaken by liberal arts college faculty.  These grants are selected to give you a broad introduction to the variety of opportunities that are available to you, and you can browse them by discipline:

Fine and Performing Arts
Sciences and Mathematics
Social Sciences

If you are looking for federal grants only, you can explore www.grants.gov.  Although you may have only worked with federal opportunities in the past, we highly recommend exploring the grants available from foundations and other external funding sources.  Please contact Bridget Wiffin, Director of the Grants Office, to utilize the restricted Foundation Center database, which is well-suited to research these funders.

Williams also subscribes to the specialized funding database listed below, which you can use to perform your own initial search.  (Please note: These databases are only accessible through a college IP address.)

Grant Forward

Grant Forward will allow you to apply a variety of filters to your search to narrow your results. For example, you can search by subject area (mathematics, philosophy, Asian studies), by project type (research, travel, training, workshop), or applicant type (individual, collaborative, early-career).  You can also save your searches and schedule updates to be emailed to you on a regular basis.

Bridget is happy to meet with you to learn more about your work and funding needs, and she will work with you to curate a custom list of funding prospects.

Internal Funding Sources

Williams College offers a limited number of small fellowships and grants that are administered through the Dean of Faculty’s Office and are available to Williams faculty only.  The Dean of Faculty’s Office has compiled a “Year at a Glance” calendar, which conveniently situates important fellowship due dates in the context of the academic year schedule.  If you have questions about internal opportunities, please contact Assistant Dean of the Faculty Megan Konieczny.

For Early-Career Faculty:

Assistant Professor Leave Grant Program
Hellman Faculty Fellowships

For Research and Travel:

Class of 1945 World Fellowship Program
Class of 1957 Summer Research Program (for student research assistants)

For Pedagogy and Course Development:

Class of 1963 Sustainability Development Fund
Global Initiatives Venture Fund
Teachers Roundtable
Tutorial Development Stipends
Freeman Foote Field Trips
Hyde Teaching Fellowship
Teaching Innovation Fellows


Faculty Meals with Students

NEH Summer Stipends (Note: The college can nominate TWO candidates.  Apply through the Dean of the Faculty’s Office.)
Oakley Center Fellowships
Oakley Center Manuscript Review Program
Sabbatical Salary Grant Program
Supplemental Funding
Writing/Creative Endeavors Roundtables